by Robert Bell
9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern. $5.
Little Rock's Whale Fire has its debut full-length out this week, and will be showcasing the tunes at this here album release show. It's called "Before You Run," and you might be familiar with some of the tunes, including "Dream of Me" and "The Fabric," which were released on a 7" single in September.
Those tracks were solid as a single, but I think they might work even better in the opening half of the album, especially "Dream of Me," which kicks the record off with an emotional start. The fifth track, "Take Fire," kicks up the tempo a bit, giving way to "U Will Find," a jaunty, gentle folk number with the reverb-drenched atmospherics and lush singing that the band has made its calling card.
The album closes with the nine-minute "All Gone, All Along," a shuffling rumination that includes an awesome head fake of feedback and warped sound effects before winding its way to a coda that lingers perhaps just a touch too long. That very minor criticism aside, it's clear the band has put a lot of work and thought into the album and you can hear that in the end result.
Opening up the show will be Whale Fire's fellow travelers The See.